“I initially defended Shia and felt compelled to respond by questioning the initial practices of us all when first creating art,” said Edwards. “Now, I think he’s using art as an excuse for his negligent practices.”
Shia LaBeouf apologized yet again, this time revealing that his past few weeks of bizarre behavior have all been part of an elaborate performance art piece. The actor had been dealing with a firestorm of backlash since mid-December, when it was revealed that his “HowardCantour.com” short film was lifted material from Daniel Clowes’s graphic novellas without proper credit. LaBeouf offered apologies, saying, “I was truly moved by his piece of work and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it," before announcing his retirement from all public life.
The life-size statue by Edwards titled “Double Double Shia,” depicts a double image of Shia Labeouf bare-chested in matador pants while holding a shotgun as Dora the Explorer’s Swiper sits on his shoulder. “Daniel created a double image of Shia to symbolize Shia’s plagiarism,” said Cory Allen. Explaining this week his recent bizarre behavior was ‘performance art’, LaBeouf posted on Twitter, "The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself.”
“Originally, I was disappointed that no one came to Shia LaBeouf’s defense, as all artists lift ideas and do cover versions of their favorite artists and influences,” says Daniel Edwards. “He seemed to be an artist focused on his enthusiasm for a subject, who just needed an assistant to help him issue proper credit.”
“Shia not taking responsibility for his actions is what’s wrong with America today and will be the subject matter for Daniel’s upcoming show in Los Angeles,” said Cory Allen.
Daniel Edwards’ works include “L.A. Fertility”, the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck,’ and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates”, which depict Baby Kimye and the royal baby.
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